The life of the tire on a forklift is a difficult one. A forklift does not have suspension, so the tires alone are responsible for softening the ride for the cargo and the employee driving the vehicle. Forklift tires will have to traverse over some truly rough terrain at your factory or worksite and on average they will carry more than 9600 pounds at one time. In addition to all of the stopping, turning, reversing and accelerating that the forklift will do, the tires take quite a beating.
This is why it is important to keep a close eye on the tires of your forklift and to replace them when needed. Driving with damaged tires on your forklift can cause a lot of issues, because the wear on the tires will not be even and will cause the vehicle to become unstable. Also, when the tires are low this means that you run the risk of hitting a dock plate or running into debris on the floor. Furthermore, the damaged tires will contribute to the greater vibration of the forklift, which results in increased driver fatigue and also wears out the forklift faster. The worn out tires will also be more likely to shake and jolt on harder surfaces, which can make the driver lose control or cause the load to become unstable.
Material handling can be a dangerous industry. More often than not, accidents occur due to the use of improper equipment for the job, or an insufficient amount of employee training. In fact, OSHA estimates that 78% of all workplace accidents occur in the material handling industry alone. That’s a hard number to swallow when you consider the potential harm facing your employees. So how can help your business avoid being the next victim of workplace injury? Here are some of the best ways to create a safe working environment for your personnel.
We have just uploaded a new Print and Go Wire Deck Worksheet for our customers to use for getting a quote on Wire Mesh Decking. This “Quick Sheet” gives some information about the styles, use and necessary measurements of Wire Mesh Decking for Pallet Racks.
The worksheet is available via our used wire deck page and can be filled out and submitted online OR by printing the form, filling it out and faxing or emailing it to us. Please check it out – and let us know in the comments if you’d like us to develop quicksheets for any of our other product lines.
SJF has just uploaded several new videos to our YouTube channel. (SJF’s YouTube Channel) We’ll be featuring a new video from this series every few days.
This video shows a 4 to 1 merge system where boxes are queued up to join 1 conveyor line. Notice how the photo-eye sensors prevent collisions when there is the potential for a box to collide with another.